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People Confess The Dumbest Thing Their Brain Has Done On Autopilot

People Confess The Dumbest Thing Their Brain Has Done On Autopilot

We've all been there.

Our brains take siestas. It is a part of life.

Stress, lack of sleep, worry, anxiety, heck just the time of day can throw anyone off. Every once in awhile... or quite often for many of us, our brain shuts down and we have to survive on instinct or sheer luck.

We do it.

Redditor Hold-My-Friend wanted everyone to discuss the things they've done and can only blame the brain freeze by asking:

"What's the dumbest thing your brain has done on autopilot?"


"I work at a thrift store. One of my jobs is pricing donations and taking them out to the sales floor. While pricing, I also act as a final quality control, and I'm free to throw out anything I don't think I'd in sellable condition. We have rags and a bottle of all-purpose cleaner for when we're pricing and such as well."

"One day, I was doing the dishes at home. I was washing a bunch of silverware, and got to this one knife that had a spot or something really suck onto it. I scrubbed at it for a good minute or so before saying forget it, I've wasted enough time on this, and then I tossed off to my left, where my garbage can usually is at work. And then I remembered I wasn't at work, I can't just throw stuff away because it's too much trouble to clean." ~ MasteringTheFlames


Brush Away....

"I was brushing my teeth and went to throw something away but ended up spitting all over the floor instead." ~ PM_ME_YOUR_HUGETITS

Clean me.

"Wanted to take a quick whiz before leaving the house. Next thing I know I'm showering. Again." 7788445511220011


"Where is she?"

"My wife and I used to alternate who picked up our daughter from school every week depending on who was on the early shift. Got home and my wife was already home. Our daughter used to play a game every afternoon after school where she would hide and whoever came home second would come in and loudly say "Where is she?"

"And the other one would reply with "She's not here."

"My wife or I would then have to go an look for her and find her. So I get home after my wife and walk in and say "Where is she?"

"My wife replies with "She's not here."

I" then start looking for her and my wife says "No, she's really not here, you were supposed to get her today because I had an appointment after work and didn't pick her up. You were meant to get her."

"I'd driven home and forgotten to pick up my daughter from school. Lucky we lived close to the school so it wasn't a massive issue." ~ BarrySpug

H20 Issues....

"I had a glass of water and a book, and I was walking into my room. I threw the water onto my bed. Why." AvengersFangirl99



"I'm currently taking ASL. I am hearing everyone in my family is hearing. I don't sign outside of class. This morning I signed don't at my alarm clock. Edit- my first gold thank you!" ~ _-ember-_

Juice Me. 

"I've poured juice into my cereal bowl too many times." ~ Dy1ooon

"I can do you one better: I once flooded my drinking glass with French salad dressing in my failed attempt at covering my salad. I then began to ate my salad and wondered why it was so bland." ~ beanbbeanie

Through the Glasses...

"I've looked for my glasses several times whilst wearing them." ~ Moishe_the_Beatle

"I was talking to my aunt on phone the other day and she was complaining that she couldn't get logged into Facebook. I told her I would give her a couple of suggestions to try and fix it. She said that she would do that later because she cant find her phone. I paused and then asked her "isn't your phone in your hand?" She died laughing but I was thinking WTF?" ~ BaconReceptacle


"I put my phone in the freezer rather than the tub of ice cream." ~ candi_meyers5


Brush & Spit...

"Too many times I have taken the electric toothbrush out of my mouth before turning it off. Just toothpaste and spit spraying all over my clothes, the mirror, and the sink. I brush my teeth twice a day; you'd think I'd have it down pat by now." ~ Reddit

It was Saturday. :/

"Got up in the morning, showered, shaved, dressed and headed off to work, picking up a newspaper while walking to the subway. Read the paper on the train, pleasantly surprised that I actually got a seat for the 45-minute trip! Got off at my stop and was mystified by the sparse rush-hour crowds on the sidewalk. Looked carefully at the paper I'd just finished reading. It was Saturday. :/ "

~ OriginallyFromNYC

My Day.... 

"I drove nearly 2 hours to my dad's house instead of meeting them two hours in the other direction for a family wedding. I suddenly clicked out of my stupor about 10 or 15 minutes from my dad's house, realize I was an idiot, I drove the rest of the way to his house to hang out by myself. All in all, it worked out a little better for me. The family has a hilarious story, and I got a day to myself." ~ Bangbangsmashsmash


"My previous smartphone could be woken up by tapping on the screen twice. I once had my phone and wallet next to each other on my desk while I was on the computer. I went to check if I had any notifications - I looked RIGHT AT MY WALLET and tapped on it twice. Waited a second for the screen to turn on. Hung my head in shame for about 10 seconds after that." ~ Narangeee

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"I used to work as a short order cook in a deli. I would crack up to 20-30 eggs on the flattop are a time. I would be cracking eggs at some points and crack the egg split it open over the garbage can and throw the shell on the flattop." ~ vcwrestler02


"Apologized to a bottle of soap I knocked down." ~ tablecronch


Welded Shut. 

"Was welding up a part in my shop and had a 2' bead to weld on one side. Flipped the part around on the table and started welding in the zoned out way a person does at the end of the day. Welded the part to my welding bench. Flipped my hood up and look at it and was completely baffled at my stupidity." ~ littleredhoodlum

Bussed Back...

"When I got a car from the first time. Next day I drove to the grocery store. Did my shopping took bus back home. Woke up in the morning - car is missing. Remembered that I left it at the store." ~ LeftChoux


"Grabbed the milk from the fridge, opened the cabinet to grab a glass, put the milk in the cabinet. I got distracted for a second and forgot where I put it. I spent the next 20 minutes looking for the milk, all while my family was convinced I was playing some dumb prank on them by hiding the milk." ~ JustEatSomeYams

The Burger Rock. 

"Had a microwave burger, that goes in for 3 minutes. I put it on for 30 minutes, and proceeded to do other stuff, whilst checking to see if the microwave was finished. I remember thinking it was taking a long time, but still I checked and waited for the 'three' minutes to end. That burger was rock hard and devoid of any moisture. I had a sandwich instead, but it makes me smile to this day for some reason." ~ colony_gamer


"I thanked myself for opening the door for myself, as if someone else had opened the door for me." ~ rosalielie

Drive On

"My husband bought a new car but then had to go away for a couple weeks before it was ready. We were going to pick it up a few days after he returned, but I got the call saying it was ready a few days before he was due back. I decided I'd surprise him by getting it so it'd be there when he came home. I made the arrangements and drove the 4 hours to the dealership. Alone. Got there and realized I couldn't drive both my car and his new car home." ~ ItsAngelaAnaconda

Trash Day

"I was on a call with someone while taking out to trash before heading to school. Reaching the dumpster, I take off my bag, threw it inside and then began walking to school with the trash bag, instead. It was only when I wanted to grab my headphones from my bag that I realized what I just did." ~ ItsAmberisk

How was school today?'

"Wake up to drive to school in the middle of break." ~ LPineapplePizzaLover

"When I was a kid, I walked to school on a Saturday, wasn't until I got to school that I realised. My mom was apparently laughing so hard after she realised why i left so early in the morning, she was waiting by the door when i got home. I specifically remember her asking 'How was school today?' and me storming back to my room like it was her fault that i was a dumba**." ~ KH3HasNoHeart


"Discovered myself walking into our 2nd-story bedroom with a box of confectioner's sugar tucked under my arm. Kitchen is downstairs. I wasn't baking anything." ~ birdtripping

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Brushed Away...

"Was about to brush my teeth when I stared at my toothbrush for a good 3 seconds before realizing I put handsoap on it." ~ thecloudsaretalking

"I've done something similar. Our kitchen has a handwash and dishsoap dispenser next to each other, the rest of the story you can imagine." ~ dustyhusky69

6th Gear

"So about once a month or so I'll be getting up to speed on my way home and have to stop myself while reaching for the gear lever to shift into 6th gear. My car doesn't have a 6 speed. Hell, I've never driven a car with a 6 speed. I have no idea why I do this." ~ SteevyT

Eye Contact

"I once really scratched up my eye because I couldn't get my contact lens out no matter how hard I tried. It took me about 10 minutes of this to realise it was morning. In the morning you put the lenses IN. You cannot take them out in the morning because you are not wearing them yet." ~ MerylSquirrel

between classes...

"Walked into a bathroom between classes at high school while an intense conversation was going on. We all started using the urinals, while still engrossed in the discussion so I did not notice that I was standing at a sink, not a urinal. And I was peeing. I cleaned the sink really well afterwards, at least." ~ scruit

Hey Tom

"We were in debate class thinking of some topics for hot spot. I wrote down 'Tom Holland is the best Spiderman' and told other people. they disagreed so i tried to say 'Tom Holland is the best Peter Parker.' As a compromise, and iIaccidentally said 'Tom Holland is the best Tom Holland." ~ Coldcolor900

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Morning Needs

"Put the sugar back in the fridge and the milk in a drawer for my morning coffee. I also walked against a street lamp full speed while watching on my phone. It even made a gong sound when hitting it. There were also a bunch of people waiting on the other side of the street. Well, I don't mind, could be worse." ~ FreeFlowFlyer16

The brain is a funny thing.

Do you have similar experiences to share? Let us know below.


People Who Actually Died And Were Revived Share Their Experiences

"Reddit user AlaskaStiletto asked: 'Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?'"

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


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"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



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"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
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Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.

In 2017, I returned to my office after my lunch break to hear my supervisors discussing Tom Petty. This seemed like a random topic to me until one of my supervisors told me Tom Petty had passed away. He was a huge fan of Petty and spent the next hour or so combing through the internet to get more information.

He came back into the room my other supervisor and I were working in and announced that Tom Petty wasn't dead after all. News outlets had jumped the gun to announce his death, but he was actually still alive.

The next day, I came in to find out that Tom Petty was dead; the news may have been premature, but true.

This is a classic example of the rumor being started on the internet. Sometimes, like with the news of Tom Petty's death, the rumor can run wild and appear everywhere. Other times, the rumor can be seen by just a few people and dismissed. However, a lot of times, these rumors turn out to be true.

Redditors know a lot of internet rumors that turned out to be true, and are eager to share.

It all started when Redditor strakerak asked:

"What started out as an internet rumor that ended up being infamously true?"

The King Of Pop

"Michael Jackson writing the music for Sonic 3."

"He actually did, but was never credited on the game because it would breach his contract with his record label."

– -WigglyLine-

"He did the same when he appeared on The Simpsons. He appeared under a pseudonym, and the Producers said it was an impersonator."

"Only years later they confirmed it really was Michael."

"His singing voice was actually done by an impersonator, though."

– given2fly_

The Truth Comes Out

"In 1998, US Men’s National Team captain John Harkes was shockingly cut from the team right before the World Cup. The coach claimed it was because Harkes wouldn’t fit into his new preferred formation, but rumors flew on the early internet that it was actually because he had slept with his teammate Eric Wynalda’s wife. The rumor was so well-known in soccer circles that Harkes expressly denied it in his autobiography the next year."

"Fast forward 12 years to 2010 and Wynalda admits it’s true. The coach then came out and admitted it was why he dropped Harkes, but that he’d planned to keep the secret as long as Wynalda did."

– guyfromsoccer

Video Evidence

"The Tim Burton Hansel and Gretel that aired once on halloween in the 80's."

"I heard for years that it was fake but I knew it was real because my dad recorded everything in the 80s and he recorded that. We let a good friend of ours borrow it and switch it over from VHS to DVD and soon after that it made its way on to the internet , and there it is now. I know it's our copy because the tracking in the beginning is screwed up. Still have the VHS."

– Frozenthickness

"There was a similar story with a Nickelodeon movie called Cry Baby Lane. It was supposed to be so scary that Nickelodeon got complaints and denied its existence for years. Someone uploaded a taped copy to youtube about a decade ago."

– PattiAllen

The Movie Business

"That North Korea hacked Sony Pictures because of The Interview movie."

"I worked in the movie business at the time and the account managers at Sony all basically needed to get new identities as all of their personal information got leaked online."


"My partner worked on that movie and the production bought all the crew 1 year of an identity theft tracking service."


Keep Away From The Ears Of Kids

"Some banned episodes or scenes of cartoons."

"For example, I remember there was a Dexter’s Lab cartoon where he clones evil versions of DeDe and himself and they swear like every other word (censored of course), and people debated whether it even existed cause they only aired it like once. Now it’s pretty accessible online."

– Spledidlife

Yes, It's True

"Echelon, a massive electronic espionage system by the US and allies to intercept all electronic messages, especially emails."

"In the mid-nineties it was a topic on conspiracy BBS boards. A lot of people in my bubble at the time (mainly uni students in Europe) were including fake threats to the US in the their email signatures as a way to "protest" and "fill the system with false alarms" (obviously useless)."

"Then, in 1999-2000 came out to be true and a lot of security service agencies from UK and other US allies started to admit they were part of the espionage network."

– latflickr

How The Mighty Fell

"John Edward’s love child."

– ACam574

"A reminder that he was cheating on his wife while she was hospitalized for cancer treatment."

– Fanclock314


"Carrie Fisher's heart attack. Some a**hole who was on the same flight was livetweeting the whole medical emergency and justified it by insisting she was just making sure the family was informed."

– everylastlight

It Actually Happened

"Every year around her birthday there was a rumor that Betty White died. When I heard she died, I scoffed, saying that dumb rumor is back.... then saw it on the news. I was in shock."

– Known-Committee8679

"The fact that Betty died literally right before she turned 100 is such a Betty White way to go out."

– Paganigsegg

Big Actor, Small Roles

"I distinctly remember some rumors about the reason why Bruce Willis was taking so many roles in sh*tty movies before it was announced he has dementia."

– KampferMann

"RedLetterMedia did a deep dive on his recent movie activity to try and work out why exactly he was taking part in basically scam-movies. They noticed he had an earpiece in one of the scenes and joked that the director was feeding him lines. I remember they even disclaimed over the rumours at the time, and possible made a follow-up vid when it was revealed to the public."

– CardinalCreepia

What To Do Next?

"That the writer of LOST were making it up as they went."

"Turned out to be absolutely true."

– homarjr

That last one was kind of obvious!

Do you have any to add? Let us know in the comment below.